“New Harmonies” Wrapping Up in Toccoa

January 24, 2013

The “New Harmonies” exhibit is wrapping up this week in Toccoa.

The “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” traveling Smithsonian exhibit will remain on display at the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room through Saturday. The Mitchell Allen Meeting Room is located at the historic train depot in downtown Toccoa.

The exhibit, which is free to view, covers the history of American music. “New Harmonies” was brought to Toccoa through a joint effort of the Georgia Humanities Council, Stephens County Historical Society, and Main Street Toccoa program.

It opened to the public last month.

Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that the turnout for the exhibit has been great since it arrived.

“We have had several thousand people go through,” said Crosby. “Many of them have come with school groups. Several have come with other groups. We have been very happy with the turnout.”

According to Crosby, the exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, and Saturday. She adds that on Friday, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Also as part of the “New Harmonies” exhibit’s visit to Toccoa, numerous concerts have taken place in conjunction with the exhibit to recognize roots music.

The final two concerts are set for tonight and tomorrow night in Toccoa.

Tonight at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Tugalo Street in Toccoa, the UGA African American Ensemble will perform.

Crosby said that organizers are excited to welcome these performers to Toccoa.

“It’s a very accomplished group that has traveled quite extensively,” said Crosby. “They will be performing gospel music, popular music, and spirituals.”

Meanwhile, the final concert is set for tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the Schaefer Center, located at the corner of Broad and Doyle streets in Toccoa.

“The HEAP” will perform at that show.

Crosby said this is not the indie soul’s group first visit to town as they played as part of the Ida Cox Music Series.

“They were very popular,” said Crosby. “Everybody really enjoyed them. It was a very energetic group. We are very excited to welcome them back. They just put on a great performance.”

Both concerts are free to attend.

For more information on the “New Harmonies” exhibit or events surrounding the exhibit, contact Crosby at 706-282-3309 or the Stephens County Historical Society at 706-282-5055.

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